The Tri-Agencies are made up of the federal granting councils: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). These councils are a major source of research funding for post-secondary institutions in Canada.
Additionally, the CRC (Canada Research Chair) program, CERC (Canada Excellence Research Chairs) and NCE (Networks of Centres of Excellence ) are jointly administered by the three granting agencies.
All research that is funded by the Tri-Agencies is governed by the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards. The purpose of this Agreement is to set out the general terms and conditions governing the institutional administration of Tri-Agency Grants and Awards. Only institutions that have agreed to the terms and conditions of this agreement are eligible to receive funding directly from an Agency.
CIHR provides grant funding through various research programs; each of which may have different guidelines and restrictions further to the ones outlined in Use of Grant Funds
A complete listing of CIHR programs is available on the CIHR website
Through strategic investment in science and technology, NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports postsecondary and postdoctoral students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery by funding research conducted by university professors, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects and the training of highly qualified people. NSERC researchers are on the front line of science - building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.
NSERC provides grant funding through various different research programs; each of which may have different guidelines and restrictions further to the ones outlined in Use of Grant Funds.
A full list of the different types of NSERC grants can be found on the Information For section of their website.
SSHRC-supported research in the social sciences and humanities enhances our understanding of modern social, cultural, technological, environmental, economic and wellness issues. The work SSHRC supports encourages the deepest levels of inquiry. It spurs innovative researchers to learn from one another’s disciplines, delve into multiparty collaborations and achieve common goals for the betterment of Canadian society. Research outcomes are shared with communities, businesses and governments who use this new knowledge to innovate and improve people’s lives.
SSHRC provides grant funding through various different research programs; each of which may have different guidelines and restrictions further to the ones outlined in Use of Grant Funds
A complete listing of SSHRC Programs is available on the SSHRC website
Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work.
The Canada Research Chairs Secretariat, which is housed within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the program. It reports to the Management Committee, which itself reports to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee reports to the Minister of Industry.
The allocation of Chairs to individual universities is an integral part of the Canada Research Chairs program. The process provides an element of dynamism to the program because the allocation is responsive to changes in research success at individual institutions.
The national re-allocation process is conducted every two years, includes both regular and special Chairs, and is based on the research grant funding received by researchers from the three granting agencies – CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC – in the three years prior to the year of the allocation.There are two types of Canada Research Chairs:
Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. For each Tier 1 Chair, the University receives $200,000 annually for seven years.
Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For each Tier 2 Chair, the University receives $100,000 annually for five years.Financial Administration:
The University must maintain an individual Fund for each Canada Research Chair award. This Fund must clearly record all payments made into the Fund and all payments, by category, made from the Fund. Payment of expenditures from the award may only begin on or after the Chair start date. The Secretariat will make quarterly payments, through SSHRC’s finance division, on behalf of the granting agency designated on the chairholder’s nomination form. Installments for future fiscal years will be subject to availability of funds. Eligible and ineligible expenses are outlined on the CRC Website within the Chairs Administration Guide.
The Chairs Financial Administration Guide outlines the terms and conditions for administering Canada Excellence Research Chair and/or Canada Research Chair awards. It does not cover terms and conditions related to contributions from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
You can also contract Research Development and Services for any queries on application processes to the CERC program Phone: 519-661-2161 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The program supports large-scale academically led research networks that harness the creativity and inventiveness of Canadian health, natural, and social scientists and engineers. Partners from industry, government and not-for-profit organizations contribute additional expertise annually. International acclaim has led other countries, including Australia, South Africa and some within the European Union, to incorporate the NCE model into their programs.
NCEs focus on issues that are critical to Canadians, and to the world by:
In addition to the rules and policies outlined in the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide, all Networks must adhere to the regulations and administrative policies specific to the NCE program.
The NCE program guide contains a section on the Use of NCE Program Funds explaining eligible and ineligible expenses.